Summary: Message on the Greatness of God from Psalm 104
“How Great Thou Art!”
There is a growing movement today to seriously consider the glaring evidence pointing to a designer behind this marvelous world. The growing research into DNA coding has compelled many scientists to reconsider their model of origins. Walking along the beach you come across four large rocks stacked on top of each other. Our first thought is that someone put them there.
Out of a whole beach of random rock arrangements, the observation of stacked rocks leads you to conclude that some intelligence arranged them. How much more the amazing complexity of even the tiniest aspect of the human body or creation compels us to consider the possibility of an intelligent designer. If there is a code, there must be a coder. If there is a computer program, there must be a programmer. The Bible appeals over and over to creation and the Creator.
The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their utterances to the end of the world. In them He has placed a tent for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; it rejoices as a strong man to run his course. Its rising is from one end of the heavens, and its circuit to the other end of them; and there is nothing hidden from its heat. Psa 19:1-6
To whom then will you liken Me That I would be his equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing. Isa 40:26
Since the creation of the world God’s invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that all men are without excuse. Romans 1:20 (quickview)
When Job demanded answers to his excruciating trial, God took him back to creation.
The writer of this Psalm stirs his own soul to bless the Lord based on observation of creation.
He begins and ends his song with a call to bless the Lord and praise His name.
The catalyst for such ardent praise? Consideration of creation!
Some Bible commentators suggest that this Psalm follows a pattern similar to the six day account of creation in Genesis.
Light and sky on day one and two (1-6)
Separation of water and land and green plants on day three (7-18)
Sun and moon as guardians over the earth and creation on day four (19-23)
Life on the land and in the sea on day five and six (24-30)
Maybe even a Sabbath rest on day seven. (31-35)
This Psalm not only focuses on God as the original creator but the sustainer of His creation.
It is a call to individual praise of a most excellent and glorious God.
I. The call to bless the Lord
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
“bless” – the root occurs 415 times in the Old Testament.